Anther one.... PLEASE READ 💔Tourists Come Across Poached Rhino: “My mother and I woke up at 4:30am this morning to be a part of the morning bush walk from a rest camp whose name I will not disclose for reasons to be explained in this post.
A couple accompanied my mother and I for the walk and the six of us, including the two guides, set out for the early morning activity. After driving on the tar road for a while, we drove into the bush and after traversing the tough terrain, we got off the bakkie.
We were briefed about the rules of the walk and then we set out. No more than one hundred metres away on a tree, we saw around ten vultures waiting for their next meal.
Hyenas started whooping, lions started roaring; it was surreal. This was the Africa as we had read in textbooks way back in school. To witness this first hand, you can hardly put it in words. The vultures fled the scene. The closer we got to them, the farther away they receded.
As we kept walking, one of the guides stopped and started talking to us. The whooping of hyenas only intensified at this point. It was getting exciting and unreal, now...We could smell some meat rotting. The vultures around were our first clue, but this was the final clue. There was a carcass around.
The guide then broke out the sad news to us. It was a rhino carcass. From the stench of the carcass, he was able to recognise the animal. What was worse was that he suspected the rhino to be poached and not pass away due to a natural cause of death.
I did not want to believe this.
We moved slowly and steadily towards the carcass. The stench become stronger, and the hyenas, more timid in their approach.
My worst fears came true.
It was the carcass of a white rhinoceros.
The horn was missing.
The rhino had been poached.
There was a stunned silence in the bush.
It was like a mourning of sorts for a few moments. The guides, the people who had come for the walk, even the hyenas and the vultures joined us in the deafening silence to what we had just witnessed.”
Via: Rupuk Hattikudur
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